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Warning

Some plants in the wild are deadly poisonous if eaten. Others can make you ill if they are not prepared correctly or the wrong part of the plant is eaten.

Practice with someone that knows first-hand the plants you should or should not eat.

This is only a guide used to identify edible plants and in no manner is this guide to be used to eat the edible plants. The producers of this information will not be held liable if the following information is used in any way other than for educational purposes. Eat at your own risk the things you find in the wild. If you have any questions, contact me at CaptainCamo@msn.com


Places Edible Plants are found are broken up into the following groups

 

Edible Plants of Florida

CLICK on the picture, common name, or scientific name to get more pictures and information about that plant. Vanderbilt University. has an enormous data base on plants. Other links used are the USDA and the University of South Florida.. These sites should help you get a running start in getting to know plants. Click here for books used during my research.

 
-By waterways and banks of rivers
Southern Buckthorn   Coco Plum   Live Oak   Red cedar
SOUTHERN BUCKTHORN
Sideroxylon lycioides
  Coco Plum:Pigeon Plum
Chrysobalanus icaco
  Laurel Oak
Quercus laurifolia
  Red Cedars
Juniperous communis
Graybark   Coco Plum        
Graybark: Pigeon Grape
Vitis Cinerea
  Muscadine: Scuppernong
Vitis rotundifolia
       

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-At borders of woods

Strawberry   Hazelnut   Wild Cherries   Wild Plums
Strawberry
Fragaria virginiana
  Hazelnut
Corylus cornuta
  Wild Cherries
Prunus
  Wild Plums
Prunus
Cabbage Palm   Mockernut   Hickory   Shellbark
Cabbage Palm
Sabal palmetto
  Mockernut:
Carya tomentosa
  Pale Hickory
Carya pallida
  Shellbark or shagbark
Carya ovata
Sassafras   Squaw Berry        
Sassafras
Sassafras albidum
  Squaw Berry; Twin berry
Mitchella repens
       

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-Near Bottomlands

Southern crabapple   White Oak   Shumard Oak   Water Oak
Southern crabapple
Malus angustifolia
  White Oak
Quercus alba
  Shumard Oak
Quercus shumardii
  Water Oak
Quercus nigra
Willow Oak            
Willow Oak
Quercus phellos
           

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-By Canals

Arrowhead   Cat-tail   Pickerel Weed   Sweet Flag
Arrowhead
Sagittaria latifolia
  Cat-tail
Typha latifolia
  Pickerel Weed
Pontederia cordata
  Sweet Flag
Acorus calamus
Yellow Nelumbo            
Yellow Nelumbo
Nelumbo lutea
           

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-In clearings

Slender Blueberry   Tangleberry   Dwarf Huckleberry   Black Huckleberry
Slender Blueberry
Vaccinium tenellum
  Tangleberry
Gaylussacia frondosa
  Dwarf Huckleberry
Gaylussacia dumosa
  Black Huckleberry
Gaylussacia baccata
Fireweed   Pokeweed   Hazelnut   Serviceberry
Fireweed
Epilobium angustifolium
  Pokeweed:
Phytolacca americana
  Hazelnut
Corylus cornuta
  Serviceberry; Sugarplum
Amelanchier
Persimmon            
Persimmon; Date Plum
Diospyros virginiana
           

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-Dry woods, Pinelands

Slender Blueberry   Cowberry   Tangleberry   Dwarf Huckleberry
Slender Blueberry
Vaccinium tenellum
  Cowberry
Vaccinium vitis idaea var. -
  Tangleberry
Gaylussacia frondosa
  Dwarf Huckleberry
Gaylussacia dumosa
Black Huckleberry   Virginia Ground Cherry   Pubescent Ground Cherry   Chinquapin
Black Huckleberry
Gaylussacia baccata
  Virginia Ground Cherry
Physalis virginiana
  Pubescent Ground Cherry
Physalis pubescens
  Chinquapin
Castanea pumila
Red Root   Beech   American Chestnut   Post Oak
Red Root; New Jersey Tea
Ceanothus americanus
  Beech
Fagus caroliniana
  American Chestnut
Castanea dentata
  Post Oak
Quercus stellata
Chinquapin Oak   Turkey Oak   Southern Red Oak   Live Oak
Chinquapin Oak
Quercus muhlenbergii
  Turkey Oak
Quercus catesbaei
  Southern Red Oak
Quercus falcata
  Live Oak
Quercus laurifolia
Persimmon   Short Leaf Pine   Sand Pine   Red Cedar
Persimmon; Date Plum
Diospyros virginiana
  Short Leaf Pine
Pinus echinata
  Sand Pine
Pinus clausa
  Red Cedar
Junipeius
Bullbrier   Passion Flowers        
Horse Brier; Bullbrier
Smilax rotundifolia
  Passion Flowers
Passifloria
       

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-Meadows and fields

Evening Primrose   Strawberry   Wild Garlic   Puffballs
Evening Primrose
Oenothera biennis
  Strawberry
Fragaria virginiana
  Wild Garlic; Wild Onion
Allium canadense
  Puffballs
Lycoperdon
Blackberry   Persimmon   Loblolly Pine   Cow Pea
Blackberry; Dewberry
Rubus flagellaris
  Persimmon; Date Plum
Diospyros virginiana
  Loblolly Pine
Pinus taeda
  Cow Pea; Black-eyed Pea
Vigna sinensis
             
             

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-Moist Woods

Velvet-leaf Blueberry   Cucomber Root   Dogtooth Violet   May Apple
Velvet-leaf Blueberry
Vaccinium myrtilloides
  Cucomber Root
Medeola virginiana
  Dogtooth Violet
Erythronium americanium
  May Apple
Podophyllum peltatum
Ostrich Fern   Toothwort   Wild Garlic   Swamp Chestnut oak
Ostrich Fern
Pteretis pennsylvanica
  Toothwort; Crinkleroot
Dentaria laciniata
  Wild Garlic; Wild Onion
Allium canadense
  Swamp Chestnut oak
Quercus prinus
Black Oak   Arrowwood   Sourgum   Grount Nut
Black Oak
Quercus velutina
  Sourwood; Arrowwood
Oxydendrum arboreum
  Black Tupelo; Sourgum
Nyssa sylvatica
  Grount Nut; Potato Bean
Apios americana

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-Open slopes

Mathers   Strawberry   Blackberry   Hawthorn
Mathers
Vaccinium ovalifolium
  Strawberry
Fragaria virginiana
  Blackberry; Dewberry
Rubus flagellaris
  Hawthorn; Red Haw
Crataegus
Serviceberry   Wild Rose   Cabbage Palm   Loblolly Pine
Serviceberry; Sugarplum
Amelanchier
  Wild Rose
Rosa
  Cabbage Palm
Sabal palmetto
  Loblolly Pine
Pinus taeda
Red Mulberry   Squaw Berry   Passion Flowers    
Red Mulberry
Morusr rubra
  Squaw Berry; Twin berry
Mitchella repens
  Passion Flowers
Passifloria
   

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-Shady woods

Dogtooth Violet   May Apple   Ostrich Fern   Toothwort
Dogtooth Violet
Erythronium americanium
  May Apple
Podophyllum peltatum
  Ostrich Fern
Pteretis pennsylvanica
  Toothwort; Crinkleroot
Dentaria laciniata
Wild Garlic   Antswood        
Wild Garlic; Wild Onion
Allium canadense
  Antswood: Ironwood
Bumelia lycioides
       

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-Along fences and roads

Evening Primrose   Strawberry   Puffballs   Hazelnut
Evening Primrose
Oenothera biennis
  Strawberry
Fragaria virginiana
  Puffballs
Lycoperdon
  Hazelnut
Corylus cornuta
Serviceberry   Wild Apple   Wild Cherries   Wild Rose
Serviceberry; Sugarplum
Amelanchier
  Wild Apple
Malus angusttifolia
  Wild Cherries
Prunus
  Wild Rose
Rosa
Cabbage Palm   Live Oak   Red Mulberry   Sassafras
Cabbage Palm
Sabal palmetto
  Live Oak
Quercus laurifolia
  Red Mulberry
Morusr rubra
  Sassafras
Sassafras albidum
Cow Pea            
Cow Pea; Black-eyed Pea
Vigna sinensis
           

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-Along the coast

Ground Cherry   Antswood   American Chestnut   Sea Grape
Ground Cherry
Physalis maritima
  Antswood: Ironwood
Bumelia lycioides
  American Chestnut
Castanea dentata
  Sea Grape
Coccoloba uvifera
Pigeon Plum            
Pigeon Plum
Coccoloba laurifolia
     
   

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-Shallow water

Arrowhead   Cat-tail   Sweet Flag    
Arrowhead
Sagittaria latifolia
  Cat-tail
Typha latifolia
  Sweet Flag
Acorus calamus
   

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-Swamps and Marshes

Velvet-leaf Blueberry   Large American Cranberry   Dogtooth Violet   Cat-tail
Velvet-leaf Blueberry
Vaccinium myrtilloides
  Large American Cranberry
Vaccinium macrocarpon
  Dogtooth Violet
Erythronium americanium
  Cat-tail
Typha latifolia
High Bush Blueberry   Bristly Black Currant   Swamp Red Currant   Wild Rose
High Bush Blueberry
Vaccinium caesariense
  Bristly Black Currant
Ribes Lacustre
  Swamp Red Currant
Ribes triste
  Wild Rose
Rosa
Overcup Oak   Pond or Marh Pine   Red Cedar   Black Tupelo
Overcup Oak
Quercus lyrata
  Pond or Marh Pine
Pinus serotina
  Red Cedar
Juniperus
  Black Tupelo; Sourgum
Nyssa sylvatica
Cooton-gum            
Cooton-gum; Water Tupelo
Nyssa aqutica
           

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-Thickets

Mathers   Pokeweed   Wild Garlic   Puffballs
Mathers
Vaccinium ovalifolium
  Pokeweed:
Phytolacca americana
  Wild Garlic; Wild Onion
Allium canadense
  Puffballs
Lycoperdon
Blackberry   Chinquapin   Hazelnut   Wild Apple
Blackberry; Dewberry
Rubus flagellaris
  Chinquapin
Castanea pumila
  Hazelnut
Corylus cornuta
  Wild Apple
Malus angusttifolia
Wild Plumes   Wild Rose   Persimmon   Loblolly Pine
Wild Plumes
Prunus
  Wild Rose
Rosa
  Persimmon
Diospyros viginiana
  Loblolly Pine
Pinus taeda
Horse Brier   Squaw Berry   Graybark   Muscadine
Horse Brier
Smilax rotundifolia
  Squaw Berry; Twin berry
Mitchella repens
  Graybark: Pigeon Grape
Vitis Cinerea
  Muscadine: Scuppernong
Vitis rotundifolia

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-Waste Places

Chickweed   Chickory   Crabgrass   Curled Dock
Chickweed
Stellaria media
  Chickory; Blue Dandelion
Cichorium intybus
  Crabgrass
Digitaria sanguinalis
  Curled Dock
Rumex crispus
Dandelion   Good King Henry   Lambs Quarters   Stinging Nettle
Dandelion
Taraxacum officinale
  Good King Henry; Mercury
Chenopodium bonushenricus
  Lambs Quarters; Pig weed
Chenopodium album
  Stinging Nettle
Urtica dioica
Burning Nettle   Barbados Ground Cherry   Strawberry Tomato   Purslane
Burning Nettle
Urtica urens
  Barbados Ground Cherry
Physalis barbadensis
  Strawberry Tomato
Physalis pruinosa
  Purslane; Pusley
Portulaca oleracea
Sorrel   Wood Sorrel        
Sorrel: Sourgrass
Rumex acetosella
  Wood Sorrel
Oxalis
       

For Maps of where plants are in Florida click HERE (you will need to copy & paste the scientific name)

For Wildland Shrubs click HERE ( in depth info on many edible plants, you will need to copy & paste the scientific name)

Medicinal Plant Images click HERE

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Handbook of Florida Edible Plants,

writen by Dr. A.M. Michalowski and Dr. M.J.Michalowski

Great Outdoors Publishing Co., St. Pete. FL; 1963

Backyard and Beyond

writen by Edward Duensing and A.B.Millmoss

Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, Colorodo; 1992

A Guide to Bird Watching

writen by Joseph J. Hickey

Garden City Books, Garden City, New York; 1943